The Department of Health and Human Services issued a Request for Information (RFI) in order to seek information about programs that provide services to help young people, ages 16 to 24, advance on education and employment pathways. 

This project is focused on the population of young people who are out of work and/or out of school, particularly those from lower income families and communities, sometimes called disconnected or opportunity youth. The information gathered will result in a public compendium that profiles selected programs operating in this area, particularly innovative programs.

Through this RFI, HHS seeks to gather feedback from public stakeholders—state and local government agencies, local program operators, and the people that we serve—to identify programs that aim to improve education and employment outcomes for the population of young people who are out of work and out of school, particularly those from low income families or communities, sometimes called disconnected or opportunity youth. Please note that we will consider all recommended programs, but not all submissions will be included in the compendium.

We are looking for programs that fit the following criteria:

Serves young people ages 16-24 (may also serve adults).
Targets young people who are out of school, out of work, or have other risk factors (low income family, or community; parenting; justice involved; foster care; experiencing homelessness; has a disability).
Provides services in support of education or employment goals.
Currently operating in the United States.

Submit written comments at the address provided below no later than September 28, 2020 to ReconnectingYouthRFI@hhs.gov. HHS encourages the early submission of comments.